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Cave paintings in Malaga, Spain, could be the oldest yet found – and the first to have been created by Neanderthals.
Forget peaceful interbreeding: a new analysis of archaeological sites in south-west France has resurrected the idea that it was good old-fashioned competition that led to the demise of the European Neanderthals in the face of modern humans. Since a recent analysis of the revealed the first clear evidence that , researchers from a number of academic fields have seized on this nugget of information to formulate new – and less brutal – hypotheses for the Neanderthals' fate. For instance, immunologists suggest modern humans could survive in Neanderthal territory only because they bred with the locals and so .
ON THE western fringes of Siberia, the Stone Age Denisova cave has surrendered precious treasure: a toe bone that could shed light on early humans' promiscuous relations with their hominin cousins. New Scientist has learned that the bone is now in the care of Svante Pääbo at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, who revealed the first genetic evidence of interbreeding between ancient humans and other hominins ( New Scientist , 30 July, p 34) .
Evolution :: News :: September 5, 2011 :: :: Email :: Print
Neanderthals’ successful adaptation to climate change may have contributed to their extinction by leading to more interactions with humans.
Tuna has been on the menu for a lot longer than we thought.
Listen to simulations of our ancestors' first sounds
There was a time when Paleolithic cave paintings were construed primarily through the lens of “art,” an interpretive stance which assumes that at least some Paleolithic peoples were “artists” who painted for pleasure.
Shelters date to Stone Age
Evolution :: TechMediaNetwork :: May 3, 2012 :: :: Email :: Print
“The statues walked,” Easter Islanders say. Archaeologists are still trying to figure out how—and whether their story is a cautionary tale of environmental disaster or a celebration of human ingenuity.
The Taung Child was killed by an eagle about three million years ago. Image courtesy of Wikicommons
By Stephen S.
IT'S time to rethink Ötzi the iceman's last hours. The theory that he was caught and killed after a lengthy and exhausting chase through the Alps clashes with new evidence that he sat down for a leisurely meal no more than an hour before his violent death. Ötzi's body was discovered in 1991 inside a glacier near the mountainous border between Italy and Austria.